Monday, February 19, 2018

Grumbles on the Fumbling of R1AA-2018 Brass

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Some sport stakeholders who asked anonymity had numbers of complaints of the fumbling of the Region -1 Athletic Association's games rules by the Department of Education – Region-1 headed by Sports Coordinator Edilberto Abalos.
They cited the following: The DepEd was not clear on the rules of the scaling of weights of the athletes where the sports brass changed the rules few days before the staging of the game.  They cited the delegates were told to return to the rules in 2017 as the 2018 rules, where the delegates prepared, were not approved by the leadership of the DepEd.
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They changed the championship score by basing it on the points designated to gold, silver, and bronze instead of the most number of gold medals amassed as customarily used in the country.
In that new point - system the scoring were five, three, and one points for gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.
“This new policy prejudiced smaller cities like the cities of Alaminos,Batac, Candon, Dagupan and Vigan,” one of the complainants dished out.
The source said the point tally system was approved by almost all superintendents of the School Division Offices two days before the game.
 “Most of them did not understand the tally methods. It should be the sports coordinators of the various school divisions who should attend and vote at the meeting of the DepEd,” one of the sources said.
The other one said this policy of point system was done in Region 1 alone and not in other Regions.
The other grievances of these sports spectators were the lack of transparency by the DepEd on the tally like how many gold medals have been won by the respective delegates as the five days game ensued and the lack of updates from the technical management of the education regional office.
Meanwhile, By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – The small but well-funded and dexterously - trained delegation of this City showed to their bigger rivals in the Region-1 Athletic Association  recently held in Alaminos City who was the boss in snaring more gold medals.
“Despite against all odds we won,” Mayor Belen T. Fernandez told this paper in a text message on the prowess of the high school students here who would be joining the Palarong Pambansa (National Game) in Vigan City this coming April 16 to 20.
“Up to know hindi pa binigay sa akin pero you use the count of Dagupan City Sports Commission,” she cited on the number of gold medals won by the richest city in the four provinces and nine cities’ Region-1.
As based on the DCSC's official record the final score for this burgeoning city was 71 gold, 51 silver, and 34 bronze medals.
“From 50 plus gold medals last year to a whopping 70 plus gold medals this time around. Balon Dagupan is the No. 1 over-all Best Performance Delegation and Champion city for the first time in R1AA history beating Vigan, Alaminos, Pangasinan 1 and 2, Batac, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Urdaneta and San Carlos City”, DCSC Co- Commissioner Nestor Duque said.

Double Headers Election this May – Solon

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN – Expect a double - header village elections come May 21 this year, a congressman said.
Pangasinan Second District Represetative Leopoldo Bataoil cited that the candidates and the electorates would be seeing a barangay election and a plebiscite simultaneously to be held middle of this year.
“The barangay election maybe doubled with a plebiscite. So, in the Senate there is also an effort for the senators to separately conduct their own assembly,” Bataoil cited on the deliberations and hearings being done by the Upper House for the revision of the 1987 Constitution.
Pangasinan Police Provincial Office marks its 27th PNP Foundation Day Celebration and Awarding Ceremony this Monday with Pangasinan 2nd District Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil  (3rd from left) graces the occasion as the guest of honor and speaker. The affair coincides with the ground breaking ceremony of the multi - purpose hall that will be constructed inside the provincial headquarter in Lingayen, Pangasinan. The solon commends the efforts of policemen and gives recognition to those who are in the field, sacrificing their lives for the people. Bataoil also donated computer units to the eight municipal police stations in the 2nd Congressional District.

The solon said that the members of the House of Representatives are busily conducting their own version of the hearing for the charter change before it can be submitted to the Bicameral Conference Committee (BCC) of the 17th Congress to harmonize with the version of the House of Senate.

DOLE offers over 5,000 SPES slots for Region 1 beneficiaries

DAGUPAN CITY - Poor but deserving students and out-of-school youths who are willing to engage in summer jobs can now submit their application requirements as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 1 now offers around 5, 000 slots for the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES).

Panfilo Dioquino, labor communications officer of DOLE-Central Pangasinan, said the program is open to all indigent students and out-of-school youths aged 15 to 30 years old who are willing to work and pursue their education.

“Itong taon po na ito, inaasahan po natin na hindi bababa sa 5, 000 ang open na slots sa buong Region 1. Samantala sa DOLE-Central Pangasinan, meron po tayong hindi bababa sa 510 na slos o target na mga bata na maaaring maging benepisyaryo ng programa,” said Dioquino.

Dioquino said interested applicants may submit copies of the following requirements to any DOLE office in their province or Public Employment and Service Office (PESO) in their municipalities: birth certificate, certificate of indigency, grades from the previous semester or school year, and certificate of good moral character issued by their Barangay Council for the out-of-school youth.

“Hindi lang po ito para sa kasalukuyang mga mag-aaral, tumatanggap din po tayo ng mga OSY na nais mag-aral for the school year 2018-2019 dahil ang layunin po ng programa ay matulungan ang mga poor but deserving na kabataan para sila ay makapagpatuloy o makabalik sa pag-aaral,” he said during the “Pantongtongan Tayo” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Pangasinan aired on Tuesday.

Dioquino said the department will shoulder the 40 percent of the salary while the 60 percent will be paid by the partner local government unit (LGU), agency, or company where the student chooses to render his or her services.

“Tamang-tama, since nagkaroon po ng pagtaas sa minimum wage rate effective noong January 25, aasahan po ng mga magiging SPES beneficiaries natin na ang kanilang makukuhang salary ay base din po sa bagong prevailing na minimum wage rate sa Region 1,” he added.

Likewise, Dioquino encouraged all interested applicants to visit any DOLE offices or PESO offices near them for additional information about the SPES program.

He said in Pangasinan, DOLE offices are located in Dagupan City (Central Pangasinan), Alaminos City (Western Pangasinan), and Rosales town (Eastern Pangasinan). (PIA-1, Pangasinan)


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ombudsman sides with DepED’s principal

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MALASIQUI – The legal squabble at the national high school here between the principal and her male teacher has been stopped by the Ombudsman when it exonerated the former.

On a nine pages resolution dated November 7, 2017, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Gerard A. Mosquera dismissed the Anti-Graft & Corrupt Practices Acts  (Republic Act No. 3019) and administrative cases filed by Vladimir Y. Laxamana against Principal IV Olive Paragas Terrado for lacks of probable cause and substantial evidence.
The legal complaint that became acrimonious inside and outside the media circles in the province started when Laxamana filed on March 17, 2017 a complaint at the Ombudsman for Luzon in Metro Manila against Terrado.
Laxamana said respondent committed the misused of the two canteens’ funds that started when she assumed her post in May 2014.
He raised the following complaints that Terrado manipulated the income of the canteen since her assumption as principal in May 2014 and misused the funds; she did not allow the teachers to form a cooperative to manage the canteen; the absence of financial reports of the projects funded by the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) of MNHS; no financial reports on the popularity contests and other income earning projects spearheaded by respondents; Terrado was not fair in giving teaching loads to faculty members as she gave lesser loads to teachers who were closed to her; she did not accept and act on the promotion papers of complainant and Ms. Rowena Dollente; Terrado did not allow the students to join the Division Schools Press Conference due to lack of funds and MNHS had no school paper upon her instruction; she did not support the projects of the student leaders like the program for Teacher’s Day; and the fire extinguishers are placed in the room of respondent and not in their proper places.

In June 7, 2017 the Ombudsman directly asked Terrado to file her counter affidavits to each of the complaints of Laxamana.
VINDICATED: Malasiqui National High School Principal IV Olive Paragas Terrado is all smiles these days after the Ombudsman exonerated her on the criminal and administrative complaints filed at the Anti-Graft Body by her subordinate at the MNHS. Her receipt of the decision coincided with her birthday.
She said that it was the head of the TLE Department and not her who designated the teacher-in-charge of the canteen. The teacher who managed the canteens prepared a monthly “Report on Canteen Operation” which was audited by other teachers. These monthly reports were also filed with the Commission on Audit (COA) by the School Senior Bookkeeper; the canteen funds were not misused nor mismanaged. They were also never used for her personal benefit. They were used to finance activities that were related to or within the ambit of the enumerated items in DepEd Order No. 8, Series of 2007. The COA even approved it; it was the teachers themselves who did not want to pursue the formation of a cooperative due to the required documents to be submitted pursuant to Section 7.0 of DepEd Order No.8, Series of 2007. The DepEd Order also did not mandate that a school canteen be managed by a teachers’ cooperative; there were financial reports on projects funded by the MOOE of MNHS. These financial reports have been and continued to be published and posted in the Transparency Board located at the most conspicuous part of the Administrative Building; Terrado had no participation in the fund-raising activities for the construction of the school gym. The projects mentioned by complainant were project of the Parents-Teachers Community Association (PTCA), MAPEH teachers, Math Department and the MNHS teachers. The financial statements on the construction of the school gymnasium, signed and audited by the concerned teachers/officers, were only noted by her; the absence of school paper and non-participation to the Division School Press Conference were due to financial constraints. Pursuant to DepEd policies, no contributions were asked from the students for school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 for the school paper; and the fire extinguishers are located in strategic places of the school building.

On August 7, 2017 the parties submitted some of their positions that reiterated their accusation and defenses.

Dads to replace suspended Asingan Mayor, Veem

ASINGAN – A lady councilor here said that that the first top two elected municipal legislatures will replace temporarily the mayor and vice mayor here who were suspended for one year by the Ombudsman.
Councilor Evangeline Dorao cited that Councilor and Lawyer Joshua Viray and Councilor Mel Lopez will replace Mayor Heidee Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez, Jr. after the Ombudsman Conchita C. Morales issued a suspension order last October 13 against them.
She said the assumption of Viray and Lopez will take effect after the full implementation of the order by the Department of Interior & Local Government that according to an expert will take anytime from now.
“I was the only one to have the courage to write the Ombudsman and their indifference (Chua and Lopez) not to reply on my letters,” Dorao told this paper.
The issue according to Dorao was when the mayor and vice mayor of this Eastern Pangasinan town adorned last year with their names and pictures the ambulance bought by the local government unit (LGU).

Why sharpshooters are glamorized, glorified?

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

Can you still remember that famous and courageous soldier who took off his Kevlar helmet and bullet vest as quid pro quo to ISIS rebels in Marawi City so he could save a four years old girl  and other Christian hostages from the ISIS rebels in Marawi City in exchange of containers of water, soft drinks, and biscuits?
Yap, he is Army Captain Jeffrey Buada, commander of the 15th Scout Ranger Company.
After he was feted recently by his town Mangaldan in Pangasinan for his exemplary courage in Marawi, I asked Buada, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, about those incidents while we consumed our snacks treated by Mangaldan, Pangasinan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno and the town’s chief of Police Superintendent Jeff Fanged.
 Buada’s wife told me that the spouse is a sniper, too.

Indeed he was as I saw earlier on his shoulder badge a sniper’s logo embroidered with a glaring red word “Sniper”.

Scout Ranger Captain Jeff Buada (center), a sniper, shares snack with Mangaldan Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno (extreme left) and his wife after the mayor fetes him because of his exemplary courage in the war in Marawi City.

Marksmen like Buada played a major role in the urban warfare in the Philippines where the State Security just won in a protracted Pyrrhic victory against the international terrorist Islamic groups and their associates’ Maute Muslim rebels in the now scorched to that ground Southern Philippines’ city.
What price glory when the entire city was not only obliterated but turned into smithereens? JesusMariaHusef! 
When Lieutenant Colonel Fanged, an alumnus of the Philippine National Police Academy,  posed what Buada was thinking when he was saving each of the hostages unarmed while enemy snipers lurking around ready to shoot him.
“Siguro magda –dive din ako doon sa (inaudible). Parang tinitingnan ko na rin medyo tumaas na rin ang confidence ko alam ko marami naka secure and nakabantay sa amin. Pag may nangyari  sa amin sigurado ako may makapag react ng mabilis. Naka focus sila sa pag secure sa amin (I’ll duck for cover. I have self-confidence because I know my comrade in arms where watching. In case something happened to me and my companion I know they were there to fire at the enemies. They were focus on our security),” Buada said.
“How many rebels you negotiated? Those who hid around? Do they have snipers?” I posed.
“They were 40 to 60 (combatants),” The Scout Ranger’s warrior told me on the tough but easily annoyed and hungry Moro ideologues they were chasing and exchanging shoots for several days.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BIR launches MTS to collect more taxes

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – To give more services to the Filipinos, the Bureau of Internal Revenue led by Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay launched recently here the Medium Taxpayer Service (MTS) to efficiently collect more taxes from the top 500 businessmen in the region.
BOSS -Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay of the Bureau of Internal Revenue poses with the officials of the agency’s Region-1 office after the Taxpayer Segmentation Forum with the top 500 businessmen in the four provinces’ Region-1 held recently at Jeck’s Convention Hall in Calasiao, Pangasinan. Photo by Mortz C. Ortigoza

Dulay earlier signed Revenue Memorandum Order 17, series of 2017 for the creation of regional teams to improve the Bureau’s collection from the top taxpayers in their regional areas.
“So that we can become hopefully win the future which is the dream for everybody. We continue to give you the public services that you need. We are doing this gaya ng sinabi ni President Duterte lahat tayo tunay na pagbabago sa bayan,” he told the Top 500 traders in the four provinces’ Region 1 who attended the Taxpayer Segmentation Forum held recently at Jeck’s Convention Hall here.
Revenue District Office – 4 Chief Merlyn DV Vicente said that the MTS was created to monitor the taxes of the Top 500 businessmen in every region in the country.
“They are from the top 500 taxpayers from the whole region. Regional offices na ang magko cover. Mag create sila ng task force para ma monitor itong Top 500”.
She said the regional office of the agency that is also based in this town will not hire personnel to carry the task but will just include the MTS to their work.
The top 500 traders listen attentively as BIR officials explained the nuances of paying taxes.
Vicente cited the revenue district offices all over the country will only give a support role to the job given primarily to the staff of the regional offices.
She said the forum here can help both the Top 500 Taxpayers in paying the right taxes and the BIR on efficient collection.
One of its thrusts, Vicente cited, is strict monitoring about the revenue of the businesses of these people.
Dulay said that 80% of the tax collected in the country is soldiered on by the bureau.
The collection for this year is P1.783 Trillion.
“As of September this year the BIR collected P1.3 Trillion already,” Dulay told the crowd.
The Medium Taxpayer Service is different to the Large Taxpayer Service that was introduced in year 2000.
LTS includes a corporation with an authorized capitalization of at least P300 million.